Enlightenment Now: A Manifesto for Science, Reason, Humanism and Progress by Stephen Pinker review
- February 24, 2018, 06:00
On economic matters, and especially the question of inequality, he comes perilously close to defending the status quo
To infinity and beyond: The numbers game behind God’s ‘existence’
- February 6, 2018, 01:30
Unthinkable: The nature of reality may depend on whether the infinite is comprehensible
Have human rights created an ‘entitlement’ culture?
- January 30, 2018, 01:05
Unthinkable: Concern about ‘rights inflation’ has led to a renewed focus on moral duties
Do you let clichés and slogans do the thinking for you?
- January 21, 2018, 06:00
Unthinkable: We all use ‘potted thinking’ but it carries added risks in this social media age
Does Catholic opinion deserve special reverence in Ireland?
- January 16, 2018, 04:30
No, says Fr Gerry O’Hanlon, but we would all benefit from a more civil debate
The Ordinary Virtues review: Words of wisdom from Michael Ignatieff
- January 13, 2018, 06:00
Liberals will take umbrage at this book – all the more reason why they should read it
How Peter Sutherland tried in vain to stop the Eighth Amendment
- Social Affairs
- January 13, 2018, 01:01
Sutherland’s alternative referendum wording may have resulted in a more restrictive abortion regime in the long run
Philosophy in the classroom: ‘It’s okay not to find an exact answer’
- December 19, 2017, 01:00
Young Philosopher Awards seeks to recognise critical thinking and communication skills
Before you join the online mob, think. You could be next
- December 5, 2017, 06:05
Unthinkable: On social media, people can be cruel while sounding moral
We talk too much about rights - and not enough about love
- November 28, 2017, 06:05
Unthinkable: Ethical debate is at risk of becoming ‘cold and impersonal’, Tony Milligan warns
Philosophers on the ‘intriguing ethics’ of sex robots
- November 21, 2017, 06:05
Unthinkable: Sexbots are under development. Don't ban them, an academic team advises
Lack of critical thinking in schools and society a concern - Higgins
- November 16, 2017, 19:46
President says that Emmanuel Macron’s ‘rhetoric’ won’t be enough to save Europe
Never mind ‘Tiger Mom’, how does one parent ethically?
- November 14, 2017, 06:05
Unthinkable: Parents have no rule book but they can make better or worse arguments for exercising power
Is it ever really okay to forgive terrorist atrocities?
- Irish News
- November 8, 2017, 13:47
The 30th anniversary of the Enniskillen bombing raises questions over the ethics of forgiveness
What does the rise of China mean for western values?
- November 7, 2017, 06:05
Unthinkable: Chinese philosophy advocates virtue and social harmony – two things badly needed in public life
Pragmatism: A philosophy that’s as sensible as it is unpopular
- October 24, 2017, 06:15
Unthinkable: People don’t like to compromise because it means admitting one’s fallibility
Is your school ‘tastefully’ Catholic? The branding of education
- October 17, 2017, 06:05
Unthinkable: Snobbery surrounding First Communion shows up deep divisions in society
Does the scale of the universe make human life pointless?
- October 3, 2017, 06:01
Unthinkable: Reflecting on our place within the cosmos can be deflating
A plan to save Europe: Pay every EU citizen a ‘Eurodividend’
- September 12, 2017, 06:15
Unthinkable: Finland has piloted a basic income scheme; could the EU follow suit?
Why poorly-designed cities are bad for your mental health
- September 5, 2017, 06:15
Unthinkable: Bad environmental design can cause stress, alienation and even depression
Onora O’Neill: ‘We have some very skilful faking going on’
- August 26, 2017, 06:00
It’s getting harder to distinguish between truth and lies but ‘people can learn to make better judgements’ about who to trust, say(...)
Paul Ricoeur: The philosopher behind Emmanuel Macron
- May 30, 2017, 06:00
Unthinkable: Macron studied under Ricoeur. What could it mean for his presidency?
Aristotle got it wrong: We have a lot more than five senses
- May 16, 2017, 06:00
Unthinkable: Philosophers need to grapple with the ‘symphony of senses’ being discovered by science
How to spot when politicians are misrepresenting science
- May 2, 2017, 01:00
Unthinkable: Cherry-picking facts and nitpicking are common political ploys
Idlers of the world unite: Why the work ethic needs to be resisted
- April 16, 2017, 08:00
Unthinkable: The problems of modern labour call for a ‘collective and structural solution’, says David Frayne
Dear atheists, please stop calling religion a meme
- April 9, 2017, 08:00
Unthinkable: ‘Catholic agnostic’ Gary Gutting criticises pseudoscientific putdowns of religion
Can science ever tell us whether free will exists?
- April 2, 2017, 01:00
Brain experiments have yet to shed light on the ‘freedom that matters’, says philosopher Markus Schlosser
How do we distinguish good businesses from evil ones?
- March 19, 2017, 01:00
Unthinkable: Companies have a duty to provide ‘meaning’ in society. An anti-evil slogan isn't enough
Christian Brothers withdrawal is not first clash over divestment
- Social Affairs
- March 10, 2017, 12:17
Entity managing property interests initially refused to surrender vacant school premises
Why not taking offence will make you – and the world – better
- February 21, 2017, 00:00
Unthinkable: Donald Trump may make your skin crawl but your anger ‘destroys you’ not him, argues Brant Hansen
Unthinkable: Why ‘meaning’ should be part of the school vocabulary
- February 17, 2017, 13:57
Students should ask ‘what’s the point?’ rather than ‘how many points?’
Enda Kenny’s ‘mea culpa’: the science of false memory
- Irish News
- February 15, 2017, 11:07
Research shows faulty recall is more likely to happen when you are stressed or overloaded
Unthinkable: Why it makes sense to be a neo-Luddite
- February 12, 2017, 07:00
AI is displacing jobs – we need a ‘union 2.0’ to fight back, says William Myers
Why new technology is draining meaning from your job
- Life & Style
- February 4, 2017, 06:00
Job insecurity and technology have created a crisis in today’s workplace
Unthinkable: Should we always put human rights first?
- January 29, 2017, 01:00
‘Empowerment is crucial for people with impaired capacity’ but it isn’t the only thing of value, says Prof Mary Donnelly
Five signs you share Donald Trump’s ‘gapped’ logic
- January 22, 2017, 01:00
The US president’s rhetoric has the hallmarks of a cognitive ‘stuttering’ that’s creeping into schools, argues Fiachra Long
Unthinkable: The Islamic thinker who ‘proved’ God exists
- January 15, 2017, 06:00
Medieval philosophers don’t get much attention these days but Avicenna deserves it, says Prof Peter Adamson
Unthinkable: We lie to ourselves more than to others
- January 8, 2017, 00:00
Self-deception is rife, says Colm Fitzgerald, and our education system is to blame
Why Ireland’s citizens’ assembly is a model for Europe
- November 27, 2016, 06:00
Unthinkable: Deliberative democracy experiment shows Ireland ‘trusts its citizens, instead of fearing them’
Teach philosophy to heal our ‘post-truth’ society, says President Higgins
- November 19, 2016, 20:21
President highlights need for citizens to identify ‘illusory rhetoric’ after recent events
Let’s reimagine democracy: replace elections with lotteries
- November 19, 2016, 06:00
Brexit and the Trump presidency are making people ask whether the current form of democracy is the best we can do
World Philosophy Day: We need to start talking about life’s ‘meaning’
- November 15, 2016, 01:00
If the world stops making sense, call the philosopher
Unthinkable: Are you part of the 1% but just don’t know it?
- October 11, 2016, 06:00
Don’t underestimate your power to make a difference, says ‘effective altruism’ advocate William Mac Askill
35 years of abortion demos: from Plac and Spuc to ‘Repeal the 8th’
- Social Affairs
- September 23, 2016, 17:51
Ahead of Saturday’s pro-choice rallies, a look at some of the most influential protests and counter-protests on abortion
Is humour an effective way of communicating wisdom?
- September 20, 2016, 08:00
Shared, unspoken knowledge is always the active ingredient in ‘getting the joke’
Unthinkable: Do you need faith to give your life meaning?
- September 8, 2016, 16:35
There are ‘few indications’ that God matters to the Irish, says sociologist Tom Inglis
Unthinkable: Who should you follow on social media for unbiased opinion?
- September 6, 2016, 01:00
Philosophers should take the broadest possible measure of beliefs, argues philosopher Justin EH Smith
Sabina Higgins backs campaign for teaching philosophy in schools
- August 28, 2016, 13:02
New organisation set up to support teachers who wish to offer Junior Cycle short course
Joe Humphreys: How the left can rise again - in three easy steps
- July 18, 2016, 01:00
Values, free enterprise and religion can all play a part in winning over the voters
Joe Humphreys: Rebranding socialism as humane and socially responsible capitalism
- July 11, 2016, 10:14
Irish socialist thinking has moved on very little since the foundation of the State
Unthinkable: Should we give up on utopian politics?
- May 31, 2016, 06:00
Utopian visions work because they are fictional, says sociologist Deirdre Ní Chuanacháin
Unthinkable: Is philosophy having an existential crisis?
- May 24, 2016, 01:00
Irish governments have been slow to draw on philosophers, argues Joseph Mahon
Unthinkable: Why are beauty standards becoming more onerous?
- May 15, 2016, 09:00
‘You are not going to be thin, with curves, on your deathbed,’ says philosopher Heather Widdows
Unthinkable: Does reality depend on where you are standing?
- May 10, 2016, 06:00
Art theorist Francis Halsall explains the enduring appeal of phenomenology
Unthinkable: Does the universe’s fate mean life is futile?
- May 3, 2016, 05:00
The cosmos’s ever-changing nature is cause for cheer, not despair, says author Niamh Brennan
Unthinkable: Are public manners in a state of decline?
- April 26, 2016, 07:00
Greater social inequality stands as a threat to civility, argues sociologist John A Hall
Mock Dáil produces a government of national unity - and it only took 90 minutes
- April 24, 2016, 16:39
Public voting experiment in Dublin explores feasibility of electing a powersharing government
Fantasy Dáil: Power-sharing to be tested in voting experiment
- April 21, 2016, 08:10
Public invited to take part in role play to elect ‘government of national unity’ on Saturday
Unthinkable: Is all this remembering such a good idea?
- April 19, 2016, 01:00
The difference between the reality of the men of 1916 and the way they are being used is ‘enormous’, says David Rieff
Unthinkable: How can scientists disagree on basic ‘facts’?
- April 10, 2016, 06:00
An astrophysicist and a philosopher have teamed up to examine how experts disagree
Joe Humphreys: Stop kidding yourself, you have no human rights
- April 8, 2016, 12:00
Next time you bleat about your right to something think about what’s being done in your name in the Mediterranean
Executions globally hit 26-year high, warns Amnesty
- April 6, 2016, 10:51
Surge in death penalty in Pakistan, Iran and Saudia Arabia but China remains ‘world’s top executioner’
Unthinkable: Does religion have a problem with women?
- April 5, 2016, 06:00
Rigid notions of masculinity continue to cause a crisis in Islamic communities, says Dr Amanullah de Sondy
Life, death and faith: approaching the unanswerable
- March 31, 2016, 10:00
Joe Humphreys reviews books by five authors – a philosopher, a literary legend, a humanist, a former priest and a doctor – tacklin(...)
Unthinkable: Could we make a computer trip on acid?
- March 29, 2016, 02:00
Computers will never have human consciousness unless they have our foibles too, argues author Andrew Smart
Unthinkable: Why did the bust make us feel less European?
- March 22, 2016, 01:00
The rise of nationalism in Europe and the US is a response to failures of internationalism, suggests sociologist Neil Fligstein
Unthinkable: Is ‘living in the now’ such a good idea?
- March 15, 2016, 01:00
The mindfulness industry tells us to ‘be in the present’ but is that meaningful or desirable, asks philosopher Seán Enda Power
Unthinkable: Can silence be used to fight injustice?
- March 8, 2016, 01:00
A person’s silence can send a powerful challenge to interpret it, says author Hugo Slim
Democracy 2.0: Five steps to give power back to the people
- March 3, 2016, 12:45
As the parties pick over the results of Ireland’s general election, critics say that our blunt majority-rule system is an outdated(...)
Unthinkable: Is ‘higher education for all’ based on a lie?
- March 1, 2016, 01:00
Nietzsche believed expanding college access peddled the lie that all students were equally capable
Unthinkable: Do we have a duty to look after ourselves?
- February 23, 2016, 06:00
Neglecting your health is immoral, said Kant: Trinity philosopher Alice Pinheiro Walla explains why
Joe Humphreys: Church has no reason to fear secularism
- February 23, 2016, 01:36
Penny slow to drop among Catholic Church in Ireland on issue of school patronage
Unthinkable: Why are some parents spooked by vaccines?
- Health & Family
- February 16, 2016, 08:00
A combination of fear and distrust fuels the anti-vaccine movement, suggests American academic Eula Biss